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Harlem Rally for Justice – Sept. 25, 2016

Ajamu Baraka and Jeff Peress

Ajamu Baraka and Jeff Peress (photo courtesy of Daniel Vila)

Jeff was one of the participants at the Harlem Rally for Justice on 125th St. And Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. this past Sunday.
The rally, organized by Manhattan Greens, included Green Party Vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka, Congressional candidates Frank Francois (CD5 Queens/Nassau County) and Daniel Vila (CD13 Manhattan/Bronx), and State Senate candidate Julia Willebrand (SD31 Manhattan), as well as community activists Betty Davis and Ed Figueroa.

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Anti BDS legislation violates 1st amendment rights.

bds-logoI recently attended a Nassau County legislative meeting and all 19 of the legislatures voted for anti BDS legislation, banning anyone involved in BDS actions from doing business with Nassau County. The meeting was packed with students from Rambam school. These students ranged in age from 12-14. They packed the legislature. I was the only one present who spoke out against this legislature. I asked the legislators who were there not to vote for it on the grounds that it violated the 1st amendment and blacklisted organizations from doing business with the county if they actively supported BDS. I also asked them where there loyalties were —the United States or Israel — and reminded them took an oath to uphold the US and NY State Constitutions and the Nassau County charter. I asked them why theypushed this through so quickly — within a week — while the PBA president would not entertain reopening the sixth precinct in Nassau County and making repairs to the building. I then told them that voting in favor of this is a slap in the face to veterans who came back maimed or troops who were killed.

My good friend in my firehouse was just awarded the spot of Grand Marshal in  the Memorial Day parade. I told him what they did and he was outraged as a veteran and an active VFW member. I told them that the previous speakers who spoke in favor of this legislation did not speak on behalf of me as an American Jew or the majority of American Jews.

I also pulled an Archie Bunker on the 19 legislators. Watch the first episode, Archie Meets Meathead.  I think it was twelve minutes into the episode where Archie spoke the last few verses of G-d Bless America and than yelled the last part out. I believe the legislative session was recorded (see Monday May 27th meeting).

I am asking that the Green Party SC align themselves with organization such as Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and other peace groups and, yes,even  the unlikely allies of the tea party folks, the Libertarians, etc.,  and the all veterans organizations. Yes: they will support this to stop the assault on free speech. We can work with these types of organizations and, yes, we might not have a lot in common but they will sure as hell support us on free speech and association.

Can we look into this and get a class action suit against the state and Nassau County?

(Click here to read the editorial I wrote that was published in the Glen Cove Record Pilot)

Thank You.

Jeffery Peress

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